How to handle a low GPA

A low GPA can be a really opportunity cost. Many internship sites now specifically require a GPA of 3.0 or higher for all applicants. So, what can a person do who has a lower GPA? Well, the first thing to do is turn it around. At IUP you may D/F repeat six courses. That means you may repeat the course and substitute a potentially higher grade for a lower grade in the same course. While the old grade will still appear on the transcript, it won’t be calculated into the GPA. Nothing repairs a low GPA faster than a D/F repeat.

The second thing you can do is establish a new pattern of success. Maybe you can’t raise your GPA above a 3.0 giving the number of classes you have left to take in your program. But, you could consistently earn higher grades from this point on. Then, point out in your application or cover letter that while you struggled with college in the beginning, you later learned how to balance studies and life so that you became successful. This will impress many internship sites who want employees who overcome problems instead of succumbing to them.

Today is a new day! Get out there, earn great grades, and create opportunities!

Last Week to Sign Up for Mock Interviews (COMM 395 Students Only)

Hello Students!

This a reminder that Monday, September 18 (tomorrow) – Friday, September 22 is the last week to sign-up for a mock interview and etiquette dinner. Please remember that you can sign-up via Phone at (724) 357-2235 or in person at our office located on the 2nd floor of Pratt Hall, Room 302.

Again, written instructions and a recorded version of the information session on how to sign-up can be found in the “Content” section of the tammym Other Career Development Center D2L course.

Contact me if you have any questions at



Mock Interview Sign-Ups Have Begun

Hello Students!

I am so proud of everyone. Sign-ups are off to a good start! Let’s keep up this momentum. Please remember that you can sign-up via Phone at (724) 357-2235 or in person at our office located on the 2nd floor of Pratt Hall, Room 302.

Again, written instructions and a recorded version of the information session, on how to sign-up can be found in the “Content” section of the tammym Other Career Development Center D2L course.

Contact me if you have any questions at



Internship For Golf Lovers


Spring (Jan-May)


Job Duties The AJGA is looking for talented and well-rounded applicants to serve as communications interns. Interns will travel extensively throughout the United States during the internship to help conduct national junior golf tournaments. Responsibilities • Execute the AJGA’s social media plan and promotional plan • Write and publish blogs, press releases, features and web stories • Conduct interviews • Work with local media • Shoot and edit photography and video footage • On-course rules officiating • Start and score players • Monitor equipment inventory, maintenance and replenishment • Public speaking • Customer service
Requirements Qualifications • Excellent communication, public speaking and public relations skills • Ability to learn quickly • Golf knowledge is preferred, but not mandatory • Willingness to take an active leadership role amongst diverse teammates • Outstanding writing and editing skills, with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines • Ability to work and communicate in a team atmosphere • Experience with Microsoft Office required • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred • Experience in photography, video and social media preferred • Highly motivated Requirements • Must be at least 21 years old prior to the start of the internship • Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license for a minimum of three years • Legally eligible to work in the U.S. without sponsorship • Must either be working towards or achieved a Bachelor’s Degree • Work outside in extreme weather and temperatures • Work in direct sun exposure • Drive and operate company vehicles and travel via plane • Drive and operate a golf cart • Use and operate company equipment, i.e. radios / walkie-talkies • Ability to spot golf balls on the course • Stand and walk for extended periods of time • Communicate both verbally and in writing • Lift equipment up to approximately 50 pounds Details and Application • Spring and Summer Season (mid-March – mid-May/ mid-May – August/Labor Day) • The AJGA will pay a $250 per week stipend for the spring and a $275 per week stipend for the summer. • All tournament-related expenses (lodging, food, gas and laundry) will be paid by the AJGA • In limited instances a week off could happen for a team. In this case all travel, food and lodging will be on each individual if they determine to go home or stay in the city in which they are located. In this case, time off is unpaid. • Travel to and from Atlanta prior to and after the internship will be on a stipend basis. • Each intern will be provided with clothing, shoes and sunglasses Deadline Dates • Spring Deadline: November 7, 2017 • Summer Deadline: January 10, 2018 • **Summer candidate finalists will be required to attend a mandatory Intern Recruiting Weekend March 2 – 4, 2018. Food and lodging will be provided and travel will be on a stipend basis. To Apply Please visit for all information and to apply directly. For any questions, contact Lauren Shelly, Director of Recruiting & Special Events via
Is a Car Required No
is Proof of U.S. Citizenship Required Yes
Organization American Junior Golf Association
Product or Service Golf Industry
First Name Lauren
Last Name Shelly
Title Director of Recruiting
Phone 770-868-4200
Address Line 1 1980 Sports Club Drive
Address Line 2
City Braselton
State GA – Georgia
Zip Code 30517
IUP Alumni No
Graduation Year
Accept Inquiries Yes
Will Accept Student Questions via E-mail
LinkedIn Account Name

What is an Internship Broker?

An internship broker is a company that helps students find internships. In the best circumstances, the placement is guaranteed. In the worst, students pay large sums of money and do not get placed. You should be very careful about using an internship broker.

The Washington Center is, in my opinion, a broker that can be trusted. Tuition is waived by PASSHE for most of The Washington Center interns. The reduced cost makes their fee worth it in my opinion. In fact, when the tuition waiver is factored in the cost is equal to most internship opportunities.

Please be careful when using an internship broker.

Not an Internship But Great Opportunity

I just received notice of a great opportunity for someone who wants professional experience right now and can work Sunday evenings in Kittanning, PA from 6 pm to 11 pm. The job is with Family Life TV. They have been an outstanding internship site for us in the past. This could likely turn into an internship if the successful applicant does well!

Research the organization before you apply!


Good morning Dr. Lenze,

I hope your school year is off to a good start. We have an immediate need for a part-time TV director for our live Sunday evening program. The hours would be Sunday evenings from approximately 6pm-11pm. If you have any students who might be interested and are weekly to commit to every Sunday evening, please have them forward a resume’ to me. There is a possibility of more hours depending upon skill level and availability.


Marci Creel, M.Ed.
Outreach Coordinator
Family Life Media
114 S Jefferson St.
Kittanning, PA 16201

Can you hear me now?

This blog post is a test for those who subscribed to this site. If you subscribed, you should have a copy of this message in your subscription email account.

If you are in COMM 395, receiving an email does not mean you will get credit for the subscription assignment. You had to subscribe using the IUP email address with your first two initials and last name. If you used your four letter email address, you will NOT get credit for the assignment.

Title IX and Child Protection Training

All students must complete Title IX and Child Protection training within 9 months of starting an internship. COMM 395 must complete this training as part of the course before the last day of class. Here is a link to a page with more information and links to the training.

IUP CPDC – Mock Interview & Etiquette Dinner Program

This message is from the Career and Professional Development Center. Students in COMM 395 are REQUIRED to go to one of these information sessions!


Hello Students,

Welcome to the Career and Professional Development Center Mock Interview and Etiquette Dinner program! We are so excited to be part of your educational journey. If you are receiving this email, then you have successfully been added to our D2L course. Please take time to peruse the course materials and begin preparing for your mock interview.

To gain a better understanding of the process and expectations we have scheduled three Information Sessions for next week. You are required to attend one of the three sessions. Please bring your I-Card or have your banner number, as we will swipe your
I-Card/collect banner number to record your attendance. Your professors will receive a list of the students who attended the sessions.

Below are the dates, times and locations of the information sessions:

  • Tuesday, September 5 at 6:00 PM, HUB Ohio Room
  • Wednesday, September 6 at 4:30 PM, HUB Susquehanna Room
  • Friday, September 8 at 12:00 PM, HUB Ohio Room
    ** You only have to attend ONE session. Choose the sessions that fits best with your schedule.

Please be advised that signups will not begin until Monday, September 11. I wanted to emphasize this date, as I realize some of you have already begun calling into the CPDC office. You can go to Marketplace and purchase your interview and etiquette dinner but will have to wait until September 11 to sign up and schedule your interview.

I look forward to seeing you all next week! If you have any questions please email me at .


Cara E. Fulton
Mock Interview and Etiquette Dinner Coordinator
IUP Career and Professional Development Center
“Where Students & Employers Connect”